Not really. I've never tried them out. I have the out of print EMI CD's and the original Mercury
LPs. It would be interesting to know if they were given EMI's digital masters or if they had new
transfers made. One of the Dvorak symphonies was released in the late 90's on some 3rd party label,
apparently licensing the EMI digital master. It sounds just like the EMI CD, so they did something
where the quality didn't get lost. The EMI CD's sound pretty darn good to my ears. Even though it
was late 80's or early 90's, they didn't go overboard with room-deadening "hiss reduction" or other
digi-tools and the Pye tapes must have been in good condition.
-- Tom Fine
PS -- if it's not clear what recordings are used on the Barbirolli Society CD's, use their e-mail
link and ask. I think I did once and got a speedy and informative response. I was hoping to find it
to paste into this e-mail but my inbox is not well organized.
----- Original Message -----
From: "phillip holmes" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 10:48 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury co-founder Irving Green passes
> Can you recommend any of the Barbirolli Society discs?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 7:34 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury co-founder Irving Green passes
>> Hi Roger:
>> I don't know about the whole Pye catalog. The recordings made by the Mercury crew were originally
>> issued on Mercury and, I think, Pye, at the same time. Interestingly, the Pye records are
>> different because they took only the right and left mic feeds and not the center mic. So the
>> Mercury LP sounds different from the Pye/EMI reissue CD and, I assume, the original Pye LP. Other
>> Halle recordings were apparently made by other labels, but I don't know anything about them. The
>> current Barbirolli Society compilation CD's sometimes combine Mercury/Pye recordings with others,
>> sometimes not.
>> -- Tom Fine